Peak power was calculated under three test
conditions (dynamic stretching, static stretching, and no stretching).
No significant findings were
found using a one-way, repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA).
Differences were found between stretching groups, but these
differences were not statistically significant. Based on the results
of this study, there is a difference of mean power output during a
30-second anaerobic bicycle test, dependant upon stretching condition.
Each subject completed a 30-second anaerobic bicycle test three times,
once under each stretching condition, on non-consecutive days.
Results showed that mean power
output was significantly increased following a dynamic stretching
protocol. Other differences were seen (peak power, rate to fatigue,
total work, and minimum power) however, were not significant.
This information is key
when related to athletic performance. A dynamic stretching protocol
increases power output and performance during anaerobic activities. In
soccer, football, lacrosse, field hockey, and other sports, quick
bursts of power are necessity.